Karlsruhe reprocessing plant WAK

The Karlsruhe reprocessing plant, or WAK plant for short, was built in the 1960s as a pilot plant for later commercial reprocessing. Reprocessing allows reusable components to be recovered from the spent nuclear fuel rods in nuclear reactors. Over 200 tons of nuclear fuels from different experimental and power reactors were reprocessed at the WAK plant from 1971 to 1990. During the process, uranium and plutonium were separated off from the fission products and reused.

The high active waste concentrate (HAWC) from the reprocessing process remained in the storage buildings of the WAK plant. The project that aimed to set up a German commercial reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf was discontinued in 1989. Reprocessing operations in Karlsruhe finally came to an end in 1991 and complete dismantling of the plant was initiated. 



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